AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by alleykatking:
4.22/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Had this one many times and finally going to review it.
A- Pours a dark black color. No light getting through this one. One finger mocha colored head fades rather quickly. No lacing as it just falls back into the glass.
S- Big time coffee smell. Light baker's chocolate (bitter) in the background. A light roasted malt backbone to this. Alcohol tingles the nose as you sniff. Hint of vanilla with this as well.
T- Chocolate malts come off first in bitter start. This is interesting as I expected the coffee to start this. The coffee kicks it into high gear though and that is all you can taste in a espresso like middle. The alcohol shines for a minute as it transends into a light roasted malt mixed with chocolate again. The ending has more alcohol but it is hidden throughout the beer so well.
M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the stlye. Very chewy and slick as it cover the palate. Coffee flavors left on the palate and chocolate covered coffee beans make up the aftertaste with a kiss of alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are so well blended it's kind of crazy.
D- This is a fantastic beer that really is drinkable. Although, having more than a couple pints of this could be bad news. The high ABV lmits the drinkability on this to be honest.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2010 01:42:28 | More by alleykatking
More User Reviews:
4.71/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This has a sort of old school of the new school look; this beer's been around, and it was a big black and viscous behemoth of a beer before stouts had gotten so big. As such, it's still at the top of its game with a big, thick onyx body and a nicely sized tense, thick, rocky and creamy crown of medium brown head that holds up and leaves behind evidence in patching that's pretty strong considering the ABV.
Plenty of wood comes into play both in the nose and on the tongue, and combined with a vanilla-like sweetness that complements and the warming booze that's smooth and not too hot, it's a wonder this isn't barrel-aged. Barrel aging isn't the be-all, end-all of craft beer, but this one incorporates its best aspect: namely, a big, bold depth and complexity of flavors that a spirit in a barrel can bring out with just the right use. It's got so much creamy smoothness and sweetness mingling toffee and smoky caramel flavors into the huge roast underneath. There's a bit of fresh ground and maybe even roasted coffee with some dark chocolate and creamy smooth mild chocolate notes. This is what brewers are striving for with their barreling programs.
Big, rich, thick without weighing down the palate or feeling overly heavy, and massively smooth with so much creaminess it wraps itself on the tongue, this beer has exactly the feel it ought to, with just the perfect carbonation to flow and develop the layers that open up, just the perfect amount of crispness to focus on the smoothness, and a little dryness to cut the sweetness and balance perfectly.
This is an impressive beer, period. Forget the whales; this is a year-round shelf beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 14:42:46 | More by Brenden
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,479 ratings.